Wish List

By compiling customer suggestions, reading book reviews, and choosing popular titles for book discussion, we have developed a Wish List for future Book Group in a Bag titles.

You have the opportunity to help expand this collection by making a gift toward a purchase of a new kit.  We would love if one of these wonderful books could become a new kit!

Wish List

  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    When her new husband is arrested and imprisoned for a crime she knows he did not commit, a rising artist takes comfort in a longtime friendship
  • Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
    In the tiny forest community of Beartown, the possibility that the amateur hockey team might win a junior championship brings the hope of revitalization.
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
    An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
    A tale inspired by firsthand accounts about the notoriously corrupt Tennessee Children’s Home Society.
  • Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
    Follows the banished witch daughter of Titans as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings.
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    When singer Daisy Jones meets Billy Dunne of the band The Six, the two rising 70s rock-and-roll artists are catapulted into stardom .
  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
    Traces the author’s experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
    A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
    Feeling incomplete as an adopted child after placing her own baby up for adoption, Grace tracks down her biological siblings
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
    Cecilia discovers a letter that says to open it only in the event of her husband’s death.  She reads it and discovers a secret that shatters her life.
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
    he author reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a love letter to a beloved institution: our libraries.
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout
    The world of Olive Kitteridge, a retired school teacher in a small coastal town in Maine, is revealed in stories that explore her diverse roles in many lives,
  • There There by Tommy Orange
    A novel which grapples with the complex history of Native Americans
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    A Virginia slave narrowly escapes a drowning death through the intervention of a mysterious force that compels his personal underground war against slavery.

Why Give?

  • Community book groups will have expanded options for reading and discussions.
  • Your book group will have the opportunity to place the first reservation on the new title.
  • Your gift to The Library Foundation qualifies as a charitable deduction, for which you will receive an official tax receipt acknowledgment letter.
  • Your gift will be recognized with book plates in each copy of the books in the bag.

Making a Gift

To make a Book Group in a Bag Wish List gift, contact the Library Foundation at (785) 580-4498 or foundation@tscpl.org, or mail a check to:

The Library Foundation
1515 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Please specify your choice from the Wish List.

  • An entire Book Group in a Bag costs $150.
  • Individual book titles from the Wish List can be purchased for $15